Kevin Boss is a former NFL player and a member of the winning New York Giants team from Superbowl XLII. With that kind of excitement in his past life, why is Kevin now a huge Bend fan?
Kevin says, “We moved to Bend in the Fall of 2013. My wife and I grew up over in the valley and had always enjoyed visiting Bend growing up. When my playing career came to an end we decided to move here and give it a shot, and it didn’t take long to realize we are never leaving! We moved straight here from Kansas City (where Kevin last played) to Bend. We love the weather, the sunshine, and the multitude of outside activities.”
Kevin mostly loved the NFL, but he left for medical reasons. “I ended up calling it quits because of concussions. I went into my last season knowing that the end wasn’t far off because of all the concussions. I suffered another one early in my last season. Our now five-year-old was just a couple of weeks old, so that made it an easier decision to walk away. My first child had been born. I wanted to be around for him, help raise him. So, I retired from football. We now have three kids with a fourth on the way.”
An Oregonian since birth, Kevin went to Western Oregon University before joining the NFL. After leaving professional ball, Kevin worked as a trainer and coach in Bend before realizing his dream and opening his own training gym. “I dreamed of this far before I dreamed of playing in the NFL. Opening a facility was something I dreamt of dating back to my early years in High School, so to see it finally come true is incredibly rewarding. I often stop and pinch myself and realize I am living out a childhood dream.”
Kevin is passionate about helping kids, his and others. “My greatest and most important passion is my family. Day in and day out trying to be the best husband and father I can be and be the greatest example I can be to my children. My next passion is the kids that walk through my doors every day. I am incredibly passionate about providing a safe, positive, and encouraging atmosphere for kids to grow in their athletic ability as well as in self-confidence while falling in love with health and fitness.”
For Kevin, the journey that kids face is a facet of the personal one for him, too. “The weight room saved me. As a 14-year-old, freshman year, I was very shy, timid, and kind of pudgy as I had not yet hit my growth spurt. I had no confidence. I was a pretty good athlete but underneath that, not at all confident. My freshman football coach introduced me to the weight room and I spent the entire off season there with him. That weight room helped me to become a better football and basketball player, but more importantly, it gave me the confidence that I desperately needed.”
Kevin says, “There are a couple of different layers to what we do. Even today, we’ve got my son’s kindergarten class coming in for a field trip, and we’ll have 35 5-year-olds running around the place. I love having the chance to start working with that age. This summer we’re offering a class, Introduction to Sports and Fundamentals of Fitness, giving the kids something to do in the summertime in a pretty cool facility, a positive uplifting atmosphere, an opportunity for kids to thrive. It’s a chance not only for them to be introduced to different sports and movements, fundamentals and basics of fitness, but also for us to offer that mentorship. I’m excited about the coaches that I’ve hired, same kind of heart as I have for kids. Not just teaching strength conditioning but a platform to impact young lives.
The Hollister brothers, recent NFL recruits from Bend High to the Patriots, are training in Kevin’s gym off-season. “I see teaching young people no different than the opportunity I have with the pro guys. I am trying to mentor them as well, and to give them a great place to come and train and prepare for their season. There’s a lot of things that people don’t realize about playing in the NFL, the stress and the pressure can quickly consume you if you don’t have the right people around you. I take that piece just as seriously as I do the weight room and strength conditioning and the preparation for the season.”
Fundamentally, Kevin cares about changing lives for the good. “Every young kid that comes in here, I picture myself as that young kid and just want to give that kid that same confidence that I needed. The weight room is unique in that it offers this great confidence-building experience that can’t be recreated. The number one transferrable trait from the weight room to any sport is confidence.”
He says, “At the end of the day when it’s all said and done I want my family to be proud of me because of the type of man I was and the lives I impacted and changed, and not because of the catches I made or touchdowns I scored.”
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